Another ‘collusion’-free Mueller indictment: 12 Russians, zero Americans

Another ‘collusion’-free Mueller indictment: 12 Russians, zero Americans
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 members of Russian military intelligence Friday for hacking Democrats’ emails during the 2016 presidential election, and noted there was no collusion alleged with any Americans.

John Podesta, the former chair of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign whose emails were among those hacked and leaked, welcomed the indictments as if they contradicted President Donald Trump’s claims about a “witch hunt.” Yet, ironically, the indictment confirms that there were no Americans involved in either the hacking or the dissemination of the Democrats’ emails.

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There is no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the alleged unlawful activity or knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers. There is no allegation in the indictment that the charged conduct altered the vote count or changed the outcome of the 2016 election.

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